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Youth on Track randomised controlled trial: Process evaluation

Lily Trimboli
Bureau Brief no. 141

Sydney, NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, September 2019

Release Date: 16 September 2019

Full report: Youth on Track randomised controlled trial: Process evaluation, pdf 500Kb


The Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) today released a process evaluation of the Youth on Track Randomised Control Trial.   

Youth on Track is an early intervention scheme delivered by Youth Justice NSW. BOCSAR is undertaking a randomised controlled trial to assess whether young people in the Youth on Track scheme have reduced reoffending rates compared with young people who receive a shorter, less intensive intervention.

The process evaluation considers whether the randomised controlled trial is being implemented as intended and whether there are any unexpected consequences of the trial. Interviews with 52 stakeholders were conducted and available administrative data were analysed.

Stakeholder interviews revealed that both the process of referral into, and engagement with, the scheme were perceived to be operating well. Despite this, concerns raised by some stakeholders included:

  • Perceived negative consequences for young people randomised into the control group   
  • Difficulties contacting, locating and engaging young people.
  • Lack of services and long waiting lists among some providers.  

BOCSAR's outcome evaluation comparing reoffending rates for Youth on Track and Fast Track participants will be completed in 2021.